The Bahamas Tourism Ministry has appointed three British divers — Adam Hanlon as well as Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown — as Dive Ambassadors for the Caribbean nation.
The announcement was made by Deputy Director General of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Ellison “Tommy” Thompson, who said:
“This is a very special appointment for us. It signals our dual belief and commitment to sharing, protecting, preserving and promoting our beautiful environment and natural resources, which for us, are our pristine, crystal-clear waters and rich marine life.”
Hanlon owns two dive shops in England as well as Wetpixel, an online underwater imaging community. He said of the appointment:
“The Bahamas’ beautiful underwater scenery, spectacular reefs, and healthy populations of larger animals, combined with its amazing clear blue waters, offer a unique place to capture and showcase the world’s best underwater. The opportunity, through this appointment, to tell the world and show them through imagery, how exceptional diving is in The Bahamas, is remarkable.”
The Robertson-Browns are both PADI and SSI Master dive instructors, have each conducted over 5,000 dives globally, but it is their dive on Tiger Beach in Grand Bahama that is their most memorable experience, according to Caroline:
“We had been dreaming of diving with Tiger sharks for years and had tried at a number of different locations, globally. While in Grand Bahama, on the only single day we had to make this dream a reality, we got into the water, despite inclement weather conditions and substantial current.
“We descended to the sandy seabed with twice our normal weighting and within a few seconds were approached, up-close, by three large female Tiger sharks, who swam in front of our cameras and over our heads. We watched with amazement, as these magnificent predators entertained us.”